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Western Isles

Whether you are starting or growing a business, we provide access to a range of business support services.

Meet an Adviser

Business Gateway offer FREE advice and support to help you develop your ideas into an effective and practical plan. With a network of experienced business advisers we can work with you in confidence, to help you reach your full potential. As an example you can get help in the following areas:

  • Creating your business plan
  • Getting the most from your advertising and marketing
  • Thinking about taking on staff
  • Researching your business idea
  • Find out what funding you can apply for
  • Registering with HM Revenue and Customs
  • Finding and keeping customers
  • Access to professionally-drafted contracts and legal document template

Our advisers cover the area and are happy to come and meet you locally or support you by phone or email. All you need to do is get in touch to arrange a convenient time.

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Business Adviser

Alastair

Alastair Macleod is one of our Business Development Officer based at the Comhairle Offices in Benbecula. Alastair covers Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay and Benbecula, working on a part-time basis, usually in the office Monday to Wednesday inclusive. Alastair has been working for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar since 2010, and enjoys the wide range of business challenges from a variety of businesses in the Western Isles.

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Business Adviser

Derek

Derek Maclean joined the Business Gateway team in September 2017 as a Business Development Officer (Growth). Derek primarily supports businesses with ambition to grow to take their plans to the next level, and enjoys nothing more than seeing them make a success of it. He advises his clients on all the public sector support available in Scotland through agencies like Business Gateway, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, SMAS and the local authority, as well as giving them commercial advice on running and growing their businesses.

Derek has a background in online marketing and web development having run his own business since 2013.

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Business Adviser

Donna

Donna MacLeod is both a Business Development Officer for Business Gateway and The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Executive, representing the charity The Prince’s Trust. Donna’s background is in the private sector, working for a range of industries.

She has been working for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar since 2001 and has been part of the Business Gateway team since 2012.

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Business Adviser

Fiona

Fiona Chisholm is a Business Support Officer based in Business Gateway’s Stornoway office. Fiona began work with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2002 after working with a local accountancy firm for 20 years.

Fiona is well used to the ups and downs of self-employment as both her husband and her parents have run their own businesses. She also achieved her Diploma in Business and Enterprise Support in 2014 whilst working with Business Gateway.

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Business Adviser

Lynne

Lynne MacMillan is a Business Support Officer based in the Benbecula office and provides business advice to clients in South Uist and Barra. Lynne has worked as a Business Adviser for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for 14 years and combines this role with running her own business. Lynne’s area of expertise is business start-up, becoming self-employed or starting a limited company and all aspects of business governance.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Uist and Barra

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Balivanich
Isle of Benbecula
HS7 5LA
Get directions
01851 822 775

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00 (by appointment)

Business Gateway Stornoway

James Square
9 James Street
Stornoway
HS1 2QN
Get directions
01851 822 775

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00